Originally created 09/18/00

A look at USC



A look at the Gamecocks two days after their 41-6 win over Eastern Michigan:

What worked: Almost everything. The Gamecocks rolled up 576 total yards and gave up just 192, holding the Eagles to 43 rushing yards and 2-of-14 on third-down conversions.

What didn't: The kicking game. Reid Bethea kicked field goals of 37 and 22 yards, but Tyeler Dean and Ryan Brewer combined to average 33 yards on three punts.

What's next: South Carolina plays host to No. 25 Mississippi State on Saturday (12:30 p.m., CBS).

Injuries: LT Shane Hall (back strain) will miss practice today but is probable for Saturday. SE Ryan Brewer (bruised shoulder), TE Thomas Hill (bruised shoulder) and FS Antione Nesmith (bruised shoulder) will be hampered this week but should play in the game.

Analysis: The Gamecocks got 10 fewer points than Mississippi State in this week's Associated Press Top 25. If South Carolina beats the Bulldogs on Saturday, it will have notched its first 4-0 start since 1988 and its first ranking in the Top 25 since 1993.

Quote: "When I was growing up, one of the key words that you always used was `rank.' I think for so long, we've been called rank, that we don't deserve to be ranked. But we aren't rank, either." -- Gamecocks coach Lou Holtz, when asked if the Gamecocks deserve to be ranked in the Top 25.